United By His Love

Psalm 133:1-3  1BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  2It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body]. 3It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].

I love this scripture! It is good for us to dwell in unity with our fellow believers.  When we are in agreement and one accord we are better able to fulfill our destiny in Christ. We have a specific purpose- to win the lost- and if we are spending time arguing and complaining it will take our focus off of what we are truly called to do. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-11 Paul admonishes the church 10But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.  11For it has been made clear to me, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions and wrangling and factions among you. It seems today that in the body of Christ as a whole there are many different opinions and judgments regarding the Word of God. Regardless of denomination, religious background, or church affiliation, it is important to remember that we are all believers and if we work together we can accomplish so much for the Kingdom of God. According to Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor;  10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11Again, if two lie down together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? 12And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

In today’s passage, David likens the unity of the brethren to precious oil used to anoint the head of priest. Isn’t it interesting that it says it flows down consecrating the whole body.  Likewise when we join together for the common purpose of bringing people to Jesus, we as a people are consecrated, or set apart for the particular purpose of serving God. The unity of the believers is also compared to the dew on the Hills of Zion- for there the Lord has commanded the blessing. There is a blessing to be found when we are single-minded. There is a beautiful song that I heard quite some time ago, and have never forgotten. The lyrics are- One hope, one voice, one light we see, One body, one heart, one destiny. Joined in Your body, Joined in Your blood, Eternally, united by Your love. One purpose, one truth, one life to live. One promise, one faith, one life to give.
Joined in Your body, Joined in Your blood, Eternally, united by Your love. We are joined in Your body, Joined in Your blood, Eternally united by Your love.
We are joined with a singleness of purpose because of the blood that Jesus shed. Instead of judging, critiquing or analyzing our brothers and sisters in Christ, why not embrace them and join together to see souls won!

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